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11/07/06
Nelson Armed to Fight Off the Pigeons
- Column unveiled after major restoration project

Nelson Armed to Fight Off the PigeonsFOUR-MONTHS under wraps was enough for Nelson Ė today the scaffolding from around his famous statue on Trafalgar Square comes off and the results of the UKP400,000 restoration project are unveiled.

The two major parts of the restoration involved pigeon-proofing the statue and fixing Nelsonís left arm.

The poor old naval hero has had to wait a long time to get that arm fixed, as it was struck by lightning way back in 1880.

Since then the arm has been kept in place by various materials including bronze and cement, but not the Craigleith stone used when the column was first erected in 1843.

This time around, some of the rare Craigleith stone has been found and so Nelsonís column has been restored to its original glory.



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